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Spoke 7 - Zayin

Judges, Joel, Colossians

Zayin Alphabetic Verses

Zakar: Remember

  • AV Psa 119:49 ZAIN. Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.
  • AV Psa 119:52 I remembered thy judgments of old, O LORD; and have comforted myself.
  • AV Psa 119:55 I have remembered thy name, O LORD, in the night, and have kept thy law.
  • AV Lam 3:19 Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall.
  • AV Lam 3:20 My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me.
  • AV Psa 25:6 Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old.
  • AV Psa 111.4a He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered:
  • AV Psa 145:7 They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness.

The KeyWord used in all the verses cited above is the root זכר (zakar, remember, S# H2142). This is the primary Zaying KeyWord - God used it in nine of the 22 alphabetically structured passages. Zakar is also used in the Fourth Commandment - Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy - which forms a deep link between the Numbers Four and Seven. The Sabbath is the Seventh Day while the command to rest is associated with the Number 4 which has been shown to be deeply integrated with the ideas of Rest, Sleep, Stillness, and Death (cf. Psalm 4). Thus we have a very strong tension between the busy buzzing letter Zayin and the stillness and silence of the letter Dalet. God brought these words and ideas together in the Zayin verse of Lamentations 1:

  • AV Lam 1:7 Jerusalem remembered in the days of her affliction and of her miseries all her pleasant things that she had in the days of old, when her people fell into the hand of the enemy, and none did help her: the adversaries saw her, and did mock at her sabbaths.

The Numbers 4 and 7 are also profoundly integrated with the numerical values of the words God designed to express His Glory:

Zakah: Pure

  • AV Lam 4:7 Her Nazarites were purer than snow, they were whiter than milk, they were more ruddy in body than rubies, their polishing was of sapphire:

The association of Nazarites with the Zayin KeyWord זכה (zakah, pure) is very interesting in light of the links between Judges and Isaiah 7.

Zimrah: Song

  • AV Psa 119:54 Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.

This is an example of the "humming" nature of Zayin, which is used in a lot of buzzing words like zebub (fly), which Gesenius links to an unsused rood zabab meaning "to buzz." This also relates to the next word Zamam.

Zamam: Consider

  • AV Prov 31:16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

Klein states that most scholars take zamam to be from the root zamzum meaning to murmur. This is closely related to such words as the Arabic zamzama (murmur) and the modern Hebrew zamzam which means hum and also denotes a buzzer.

Zeh: This

  • AV Psa 119:50 This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.
  • AV Psa 119.56This I had, because I kept thy precepts.
  • AV Lam 3:21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.

Zayin and Dalet are intechanged in many Hebrew words, and in various language groups. For example, the Greek Zeta (corresponding to Zayin) sounds like a DZ as in κτιζω (ktidzo, to create).

Zeyd: Proud

  • AV Psa 119:51 The proud have had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from thy law.

This is S# H2086

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